We have several different performance formats, and a lineup drawn from a wide circle of approximately 20 very experienced musicians who have played together extensively. We play a unique mix of jazz and R and B, with touches of New Orleans and go-go, Washington D.C.'s unique musical form. We can modify the music as required for specific occasions. I also play unaccompanied jazz guitar as background music for cocktail parties, receptions, and dinners. We work with various musicians, and the music samples indicate several of the musicians that we regularly perform with. For events such as weddings we can also add a female vocalist, for example Sara Coleman (sample number 6).
Often we play jazz for one or two sets, followed by dance music for another one or two sets. We have used several names for our basic group, mainly Brilliant Corners or JazWorks. We also have a larger R and B group, "Outta Pocket Band" which plays current and classic R and B for parties and dancing.
If you look at the client feedback, you will see that it suggests a somewhat puzzling array of musical styles. Thus, most of the feeback reflects events for which I played solo guitar, or our customary mix of jazz and R and B, but in some cases we have emphasized caribbean music and reggae (feedback from Natasha J.), fusion and New Orleans-style music (Terrance G.), Christmas music (Taylor G.), latin and Cuban music (Amanda W.), and on one occasion even music of the far East (Janessa S.). We have a large repertoire; some of our most frequently-played songs are listed in the songlist; but we can perform almost any tune, especially if requested in advance.
The core members of our band are Bill Freed, Spencer Strother, and Mike Morris, with one or more special guests such as Tomas Drgon, David Whittaker, Luke Skywalker, Donvonte McCoy, Mike Grasso, Tiffany Sharon, Johnny Jones, Jesse Powers, Tony Njoku, Trey Crudup, Marcus Wyche, Dimitri Nassar, Sam Prather, and Sara Coleman. We have performed at innumerable venues in the Washington D.C. and Baltimore area, including leading jazz clubs such as HR57, Twins, and Club 347, many hotels and restaurants, as well as receptions for the Mayor of Baltimore (see feedback from Charmeda B.) and the Governor of Maryland (see feedback from Janessa S.).
Finally, if you would like jazz guitar, perhaps for quiet background music, or for those who have hired me to play solo guitar in the past, I am of course available to play solo jazz guitar, represented by sample number 7. If you would like to hear us play live, I don't play very often in bars and restaurants, but I am playing on Thursday Dec. 15 at Fin's restaurant in Crofton, Maryland (with a band) and on New Year's eve at Don Shula's restaurant in Vienna, VA (trio, for background music).
Finally, if you would like jazz guitar, perhaps for quiet background music, or for those who have hired me to play solo guitar in the past, I am of course available to play solo jazz guitar, represented by sample number 7.
I am sponsored by Hagstrom Guitars, Alvdalen, Sweden and play exclusively original Hagstrom Guitars.
Children's Birthday Parties
New Year's Eve Parties
Wedding Cocktail Hours
Bring it on home to meSam Cooke, Eddie Floyd
CelebrationKool and the Gang
Do it AgainSteely Dan
Do it til you’re satisfiedBT Express
Evil WaysSantana, Willie Bobo
Groove is in the HeartDee Lite
Hi Heel SneakersTommy Tucker
I put a spell on youScreamin Jay Hawkins, Nina Simone
I’m on FireBruce Springsteen
Kansas CityWilbur Harrison
La MurgaWillie Colon
Mustang SallyWilson Pickett
No Woman No CryBob Marley
On BroadwayThe Drifters, Geroge Benson
Oye Como VaTito Puente, Santana
Pancho and LeftyWillie Nelson and Merle Haggard
Play that Funky MusicWild Cherry
Poke Salad AnnieTony Joe White
Rainy Night in GeorgiaBrooke Benton, Tony Joe White
Ring My BellAnita Ward
Save the last dance for meThe Drifters
Shakey GroundEtta James
Six Days on the RoadDave Dudley, Taj Majal
Soul Shakedown PartyBob Marley
Spanish GreaseWillie Bobo
Thank You for Letting me be myselfSly and the Family Stone
Them Belly FullBob Marley
Vamos a BailarGipsy Kings
Waiting in VainBob Marley
Mercy, Mercy, MercyJoe Zawinul
Stomping at the SavoyBenny Goodman
Watermelon ManHerbie Hancock, Mongo Santamaria
WaveAntonio Carlos Jobim
Work SongNat Adderly
Well You Needn’tThelonious Monk
Night And DayCole Porter
One Note SambaAntonio Carlos Jobim
Out Of NowhereJohnny Green
A Night In TunisiaDizzy Gillespie
Autumn LeavesJohnny Mercer
Birk’s WorksDizzy Gillespie
Black OrpheusLuis Bonfa
Bye Bye BlackbirdRay Henderson, Miles Davis
It Don't Mean a ThingDuke Ellington
MeditationAntonio Carlos Jobim
Girl From IpanemaAntonio Carlos Jobim
Song for My FatherHorace Silver
Road SongWes Montgomery
Up Jumped SpringFreddie Hubbard
Softly as in a Morning SunriseOscar Hammerstein and Sigmund Romberg
Over the RainbowHarold Arlen
Coming HomeMel Tourme
Cantelope IslandHerbie Hancock
CaravanJuan Tizol, Duke Ellington
Cissy StrutThe Meters
Blue TrainJohn Coltrane
In Walked BudThelonious Monk
Treat her RightRoy Head
and many others!
* A Night In TunisiaDizzy Gillespie
* AffirmationJose Feliciano George Benson
* All BluesMiles Davis
* Autumn LeavesJohnny Mercer
* Basin St. BluesSpencer Williams Louis Armstrong
* Black OrpheusLuis Bonfa
* Blue TrainJohn Coltrane
* BreezinGeorge Benson
* Bring it on home to meSam Cooke Eddie Floyd
* Bye Bye BlackbirdRay Henderson Miles Davis
* Cantelope IslandHerbie Hancock
* CaravanJuan Tizol Duke Ellington
* Cissy StrutThe Meters
* Cold Duck TimeEddie Harris
* Coming HomeMel Tourme
* Day TripperBeatles
* Do it AgainSteely Dan
* Evil WaysSantana Willie Bobo
* Farther on up the RoadBobby Bland Joe Medwick
* Freddie the FreeloaderMiles Davis
* Girl From IpanemaAntonio Carlos Jobim
* I put a spell on youScreamin Jay Hawkins Nina Simone
* It Don't Mean a ThingDuke Ellington
* Jody GrindHorace Silver
* JorduDuke Pearson
* Kansas CityWilbur Harrison
* Little SunflowerFreddie Hubbard
* Mack the KnifeKurt Weill
* MeditationAntonio Carlos Jobim
* Mercy Mercy MercyJoe Zawinul
* Midnight Specialtraditional
* MistyErrol Gardner
* Mr. MagicGrover Washington Jr.
* Mustang SallyWilson Pickett
* My PrerogativeBobby Brown
* New OrleansGary U.S. Bonds
* Night And DayCole Porter
* Over the RainbowHarold Arlen
* Oye Como VaTito Puente
* Play that Funky MusicWild Cherry
* Rainy Night in GeorgiaBrooke Benton Tony Joe White
* Red ClayFreddie Hubbard
* Ring My BellAnita Ward
* Roll Over BeethovenChuck Berry
* Road SongWes Montgomery
* Shakey GroundEtta James
* SidewinderLee Morgan
* Six Days on the RoadDave Dudley Taj Majal
* SofritoMongo Santamaria
* Softly as in a Morning SunriseOscar Hammerstein and Sigmund Romberg
* Song for My FatherHorace Silver
* Soul Shakedown PartyBob Marley
* Spanish GreaseWillie Bobo
* St. James Infirmarytraditional
* SummertimeGeorge Gershwin
* Take FivePaul Desmond
* Take the A TrainBilly Strayhorn
* Thank You for Letting me be myselfSly and the Family Stone
Jazz guitarists such as Kenny Burrell and George Benson were my main influences, but I also draw material from popular artists and various kinds of music from around the world.
Private Party in Washington, DC on 12/06/2007
"Bill Freed and his band did a great job for our holiday reception. They were professional, accommodating and provided a perfect atmosphere for our reception. I strongly recommend Bill and his band."
- Taylor G.
Wedding in Paris, VA on 10/07/2007
"We utilized both Bill Freed's jazz group and rock band Cover Story for our outdoor wedding in October 2007. Bill was excellent to work with in planning the event, providing feedback and asking the right questions to make sure we had the event we wanted. The group learned a new song for our first dance and played it exceptionally well. They were professional, talented and great to work with. Bill is a star on the the guitar, the female jazz vocalist was exceptional. All in all, a group deserving of a top rating! We definitely recommend them for weddings and other events for clients who care about the quality of music and don't want "just another wedding band." "
- Patricia M.
Private Party in Cockeysville, MD on 09/15/2007
"The band is fabulous! They interacted with the whole party. The songs were great. I highly recommend them. Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org"
- Leonora G.
Fundraiser in Baltimore, MD on 05/02/2006
"He was able to set up quickly and performed beautifully. The audience was full of professionals and supporters. He played with ease and the music was so beautiful it seemed effortless. We received many complements from all the attendees. We will definitely use you again in the future for another fundraiser or event. We also have no problem recommending him to others. As a Nonprofit Organization, I feel that we were very fortunate to have such a kind, and generous professional who was very accommodating for our guest."
- Charmeda B.
Private Party in Arlington, VA on 04/30/2006
"Excellent entertainment for my event! He listened about what I wanted to accomplish, and he delivered it. My guests and I enjoyed his music. To top it off, he is very nice to work with.
- Sara R.
Private Party in Washington, DC on 02/15/2006
"Very talented and quite a lot of fun to chat with after the fact!"
- Lauren W.
Anniversary Party in Harwood, MD on 07/16/2005
"All our 35 guests raved about the music Bill provided! His style of jazz guitar was the perfect background for our 25th anniversary celebration. He was accomodating and understood the sound we were looking for. We will definitely look to hire him again, as will quite a few of our guests! Thanks, Bill--you made the party extra elegant! Jerry and Barbara"
- Barbara F.
Awards Night Party in Baltimore, MD on 03/29/2007
"Bill and his band were great! He went above and beyond to cater to our specific needs with very little description or direction on our end. He actually went and researched the type of music we were looking for to be sure to nail down the sound! He even let us borrow some of his other personal equipment AND brought it over himself before the event. The entire group was extremely friendly and easy to work with. I would definetly reccomend him for any kind of event; he will put together a program for anything you are looking for and do it well."
- Janessa S.
Wedding Reception in Bowie, MD on 07/30/2011
"Bill and his band were absolutely perfect for our wedding!!! We had them play for the ceremony and the reception at our backyard, and we couldn't be more happy with them. All of our guests LOVED their music, were super impressed with them, and kept asking where I found them!
The vocalist and the rest of the band were just phenomenal, and I would highly recommend them to anyone considering them for their event! :)"
- Jennifer T.
Christmas Party in Leesburg, VA on 12/07/2012
"I thoroughly enjoyed Bill and the band. Thank you for making our small Christmas gathering special. "
- Laura F.
Birthday Party (Adults) in Annapolis, MD on 11/17/2012
"Bill and his muscians were a pleasure to work with, very professional and accomodating playing a wonderful range of music. They were all very talented. We would highly recommend them. Everyone loved the music especially my mother for whom the party was for. "
- Miriam K.
Mardi Gras Party in Severna Park, MD on 02/11/2012
"Bill was great! The music was fantastic. His snippets of history surrounding the music were a pleasant surprise! "
- Julee L.
Christmas Party in Baltimore, MD on 12/12/2011
"This is the second year Bill and his band have played our company Holiday party and each time we get rave reviews. They are always on time, well equipped and eager to please the crowd. I know when I call Bill everything is taken care of which leaves me to have a great night with my co-workers. Thanks again and we'll see you next year!"
- Ali B.
Wedding Reception in Baltimore, MD on 11/25/2011
"Bill Freed and company played at my wedding reception. I highly recommend them.
The band is excellent. Very versatile. Expert handling of all my requests. Some unique arrangements for older standards, too. Played to the audience. Had a very good pulse of the crowd. High energy.
Bill Freed is perisistent in his attempts to make communication. It's difficult to get me on the phone, but Bill Freed tried to contact me again, and again, but not in an overly pushy way. Easy to work with he is. He's willing to tailor the instrumentation of the band to fit whatever style or mood you want. "
In addition to Bowie, Bill Freed will also travel to Upper Marlboro, Capital Heights, Lanham, Cheverly, Glenn Dale, Capitol Heights, Greenbelt, New Carrollton, Bladensburg, District Heights, Riverdale, Brentwood, College Park, Hyattsville, Washington, Mount Rainier, Suitland, Beltsville, Crofton, Davidsonville, Southern Md Facility, Adelphi Chillum, Gambrills, Harwood, Laurel, Temple Hills, Lothian, Silver Spring, Takoma Park, Cheltenham
and many other locations in and around the Bowie area.
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